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Tesla is building world's largest backup battery in Australia

Tesla is building world's largest backup battery in Australia
From Engadget - July 7, 2017

After blackouts left 1.7 million residents without electricity, Elon Musk famously guaranteed that Tesla could supply 100 megawatts of battery storage in 100 days. The company has announced it will do just that, supplying a Powerpack battery storage system that can run over 30,000 homes. The 100-megawatt project "will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of three," tweeted CEO Elon Musk. It will back up the 315 megawatt Hornsdale Wind Farm, charging during low energy usage and providing electricity for peak hours.

Though the company seemed destined to get the job, the South Australian government picked it after a "competitive bidding process," Tesla said. It added that the size of the system will be enough to cover the 30,000 or so homes in the region that were affected by blackouts.


Those power outages set off a political conflagration that culminated in a very testy press conference with South Australia's Premier and the Federal Environment Minister. Shortly afterwards, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to expand the power grid to run an additional 500,000 homes, including backup battery storage.

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